Uncluttering & Organizing Your Home Space

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OF SPECIAL INTEREST:   Closets, Garage, Kitchen


8 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Home
Decluttering your home can be a tough job, but Celestine Chua of PersonalExcellence.co is recommending eight simple ways to do it. First off is to have a schedule for removing clutter. Second is to ask someone to help you if possible, and third is to start in a small area. The five other steps are how to remove clutter, which include letting go of the things you donít really need and designating fixed locations for common items. Chua also suggests using storage boxes that fit under your bed.

Huge List of Decluttering Ideas on HGTV.com
In this page at HGTV.com is a very huge list of tips and tricks on how to declutter a home. This includes decluttering a kitchen, bathroom, living room, kid's room, entry way, home office, and closets as well. If you are a parent, there is a separate article that has great tips on learning how you can teach your children clean their own rooms. There are posts that offer advice on how to organize your freezer and refrigerator, medicine cabinet, junk drawers, and other storage areas. There are also recommendations and ideas on how to do a house makeover if you are planning to sell it, and how to prepare for an open house.

Organize Your Garage to Get the Car Back In
A garage is meant as a place to keep and repair a vehicle, like a car. For many people, it's been a lot of years since their car has seen the inside of their garage. If that describes your garage, this site recommends putting your garage back in order and returning it to its original function, housing an automobile. The first step is empty the garage, and if that's not possible, then at least get the bulkier items out and work on one half at a time. Start by throwing out anything that you haven't used in the past year and don't honestly see yourself using any time soon. Be ruthless. The more you toss the less you have to organize. Next purchase ten large plastic tote boxes with lids. Label the plastic boxes and begin separating items into the boxes. Labels might include such things as Garden Tools, Car Repair, Plumbing Parts, etc. Shelves are easy to put up and can hold lots of small items. Purchase shoebox-sized plastic boxes and label them for holding small items such as nails, screws, sandpaper, screwdrivers, etc. Things like shovels, brooms and rakes can be hung on the wall with special clasps made just for such a purpose that you can find in your local hardware store. Take car batteries and old oil to a recycling center, then sweep and hose out the garage, replace any burned out light bulbs—and move your car indoors!

Organize Your Kitchen from OrganizedHome.com
Site includes links to cut clutter and save time in your kitchen. Includes links that offer guides to meal planning, and decluttering. Clear the counters, empty the dishwasher and bring your kitchen to an ordinary state of clean before you begin. Fill a dishpan or sink with hot soapy water for quick clean-up and replacement of dusty items. Together with clear counters, you'll need a minimum of four boxes and a good assortment of garbage bags to begin. Sturdy black plastic garbage bags not only hold lots of broken and discarded items, they also prevent Declutterer's Remorse—the condition in which you second-guess your own decision to discard by retrieving items from the trash. Out of sight is out of mind, so declutter right into opaque trash bags for best results.

Forum About Closets and Home Organization
If you like forums, if you like discussing your problems and getting a wide spectrum of helpful advice, tips, and comments, then Do-It-Yourself.com's Form on Closets and Home Organization will appeal to you. Ask your own home organizing questions or read what others are asking and the help and advice they are given. Questions are constantly being added, of course, but a representative sample of the questions being discussed cover such topics as floating shelves, handicapped access, garage organization and laundry room chute doors. If you have a home organization question why not share it with others? You never know when someone who's "Been there, broken that," might be able to shed a new light on an old subject.


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